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25 May 2015

Winger's goal helps take Canaries back to top-flight

NORWICH City's Nathan Redmond hailed a 'special day' after putting in a match-winning display in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

The Canaries were already leading courtesy of Cameron Jerome's composed finish when the young winger rounded off a flowing team move in style on 15 minutes.

That goal gave City a 2-0 advantage which they maintained for the rest of the contest to secure promotion back to the Premier League, and following the game Redmond said: "It’s definitely up there, and to do it with this bunch of guys is something special.

"We knew starting well was important, because we didn’t do that at our place. It was a one-off game, so we knew we just had to go out there and do it.

"The match opened up for myself and Wes to drift into pockets, which played into our hands. When we came here during the week we were talking to each other, and said if got the ball down and moved it quickly we could run riot.

"It’s a credit to the boys, because we’ve got players who can pass and move. We were one of the best passers in the league this year, and on a fantastic pitch like that it made it easier for us."

Redmond was also quick to credit manager Alex Neil with his own personal progress this term, commenting: "I just want to learn, and the gaffer has been brilliant with me since he's come in.

"I'm still young so have time on my side. My goals-to-games ratio and pass completion have gone up recently, so I'm just delighted to be learning.

"Some of the goals I've scored are training ground goals for me. To bring that into this game today was a fantastic feeling, and shows the hard work has paid off."

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